Today I bring you the review of the book “Muskets and Minuets”. I received a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, GenZ Publishing.
First, let’s talk about the cover – gorgeous! I really like it and I’m ashamed to say that was what immediately called my attention.
This book was not what I was expecting. I went into it expecting to read something light, like we say in Portugal “um romance de cordel” (translated into something like a string novel) about a girl that prefers guns over boys and dances, but this is not it. It is much more, don’t get me wrong, it has love, it has guns but it has a story, a solid one.
I was so involved that I didn’t want it to end, but I managed to finish it in three days!
The story is set during the early days of American Revolutions, and or heroine, Annalisa Howlett is a young Massachusetts girl who is subjected by the social restrictions placed on woman at the time. She learned how to shoot a musket (hence the name of the book) by her brother and her dream was to serve the country and join the local militia disguised as a man.
Despite her no believe in marriage, Annalisa is drawn to her brother’s cousin, Jack Perkins, but there’s a twist, because Jack pursues her sister, Jane.
If you follow this blog, you know how I hate love triangles! But funny enough I didn’t mind it in this book, it was what made me enjoy some scenes and the story.
The story focus on the lives of three characters – Annalisa, George (her brother) and Jack (her love), but it’s more centered on Annalisa. We get to know her as a teenager who are against her parents wishes and expectations. And then she gets to know and fall in love with her brother’s gorgeous cousin, Jack. To say that this love had some obstacles is little…
In the end, Annalisa had to accept the boundaries placed on her life as a young woman and the expectations from a prosperous family.
I’m Portuguese, so what I know about the American Colonial Period is not too much. But this book made me get to know more about it and I was really drawn to the story and all the history in it. The author included some events, such as the opening stages of the war and the Boston Massacre, which shame on me, I didn’t knew.
I like historical books and I thought I knew the language but with this book I learned some things, such as some ‘naughty language’ (if you read it, you know what I’m talking about wink wink).
Overall, I only have good things to say about this book. It is a book that I will re-read in a few months or maybe next year, and this only happens when I like the book. I don’t re-read books that I don’t like. My only problem with it what that sometimes I didn’t know who was talking, it was just me?
I was also very pleased with the ending, and I would definitely recommend this book for those who likes historical fiction and Young-adult fiction. If you like both genres, even better.
I leave you with the synopsis from Goodreads:
“Amidst mounting tensions between the British crown and the American colonists of Boston, Annalisa Howlett struggles with her identity and purpose as a woman. Rather than concern herself with proper womanly duties, like learning to dance a minuet or chasing after the eligible and charming Jack Perkins, Annalisa prefers the company of her brother, George, and her beloved musket, Bixby. She intends to join the rebellion, but as complications in her personal life intensify, and the colonies inch closer to war with England, everything Annalisa thought about her world and womanhood are transformed forever.
Join Annalisa on her journey to discover what it truly means to be a woman in the 18th century, all set against the backdrop of some of the most pivotal moments in American history.”
Let me know in the comments what’s your favorite historical fiction book? And what do you think about this book!
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